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The Evolution of Fireworks

We’ve talked about the history of fireworks in the past, which brought to light that they’ve been around for the last 2,000 years or so. But, adding on to some fun fireworks facts, we wanted to take a closer look at the evolution of fireworks over time.

What does that mean? Well, let’s dive in.

200 BC to 800 AD

The very beginning of the evolution of fireworks begins somewhere around 200 BC. It is believed during this time, the firecracker was accidentally created when the Chinese noticed the effects of bamboo being thrown into the fire.

It wouldn’t be until 800 AD that alchemists would create an accidental firework recipe consisting of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur. While the alchemist didn’t accomplish finding the formula for eternal life, gunpowder was invented.

What Fireworks Looked Like During This Time

Forget anything you know about fireworks shows today. Fireworks in ancient China were used explicitly for births and weddings and to scare away evil spirits. There were no giant explosions in the sky or colors to be seen. Yet!

1200 AD to 1600 AD

In 1200 AD, China used gunpowder as war technology, blasting projectiles at enemies using the first rocket cannons in their military. Naturally, this technology made its way west by means of Arabian and European missionaries and diplomats.

What Fireworks Looked Like During This Time

Similar to ancient China, the fireworks shows of the west during this time were lacking a lot of the sciences available today. But, fireworks were used more for entertainment, military victories, and even religious events. During this time, aerial fireworks began emerging.

1600 AD to Present

European and English royals eventually began competing in fireworks displays and introducing pyrotechnics west to the thirteen colonies. Fireworks marked the celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1777.

What Fireworks Looked Like During This Time

While the first firework celebration in America did include aerials, it was still lacking color. Modern fireworks, more similar to those we know today, did not come about until the 1830s, thanks to Italian inventors.

Let’s Spark Something!

Now that you know all about the evolution of fireworks, all you’re missing is the fireworks display. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.

Whether you’re looking for a personal show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.

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